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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | November 14, 2019

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‘Bad night’ at Colonial Downs results in 12-month jail term for Texas man

By Andre Jones | October 28, 2019 4:36 pm

In what was called a “bad night out” by the defendant, a former North Carolina Resident will spend the next 12 months in jail after accepting a plea deal in New Kent Circuit Court Monday afternoon. Daniel David Rocha Jr, 35, formerly of the 600 block of English Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina and now currently of San Antonio, Texas, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor assault and battery (originally assault on a law enforcement officer). One charge of misdemeanor assault and battery on a family member was dropped as the victim refused to testify. In…
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Rebranded ‘Plan RVA’ looks to enhance interactions in New Kent, Charles City

By Robb Johnson | October 23, 2019 10:28 pm

New Kent’s Planning Commission got its first look at the rebranding of an organization that will now be known as Plan RVA at its Oct. 21 regular monthly meeting. Originally known as the Richmond Regional Planning District, Plan RVA is undergoing a transformation as part of a 50-year anniversary. The goal of the organization is to analyze, plan, and collaborate with the nine regions that it covers, including Charles City and New Kent. The rebranding and name change is part of a change to provide a fresh, new respective to the organization. Sarah Stewart, the planning manager of environmental programs…
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Truck traffic restricted on portion of Old Union Road in Charles City

By Andre Jones | October 22, 2019 10:55 pm

Concerns from residents in the western part of Charles City concerning truck traffic led to a public hearing at Tuesday night’s board of supervisors meeting. The result led to through trucks being restricted on Old Union Road. The proposal called for truck traffic to continue on Charles City Road (Route 600) to get on Route 106 (Roxbury Road) instead of using Old Union Road that connects Charles City Road and Roxbury Road. The restricted route focuses on curtailing traffic for drivers to get to Darbytown Road in Henrico via Charles City Road instead of using Union Road as a connector….
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Charles City candidates vie for citizens’ votes at public forum

By Andre Jones | October 18, 2019 11:32 pm

Candidates vying for public positions in Charles City County were able to voice their views during a Friday evening debate at Charles City High School. Sponsored by Charles City’s branch of the NAACP, approximately 250 citizens filled seats in the auditorium to hear platforms and ask questions to candidates running for local seats and positions. The most competitive race in the county is expected to be for the position of sheriff. The three-person race will see incumbent Alan Jones Sr. being challenged by former sheriff Javier Smith and former Charles City Captain Jayson Crawley. All three presented their views and…
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Shooting into dwelling nets Charles City man more than three years in prison

By Andre Jones | October 18, 2019 3:07 pm

A Charles City man who was in possession of a firearm illegally will spend more than three years in prison after accepting a plea deal during Friday morning proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Jesse Edward Mondine, 39, of the 7900 block of Roxbury Road, entered guilty pleas to one count of shooting into an occupied building and possession of a gun by a nonviolent felon. In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Tyler, on June 23, Mondine was at his stepfather’s residence on Roxbury Road when he was confronted about his alcohol drinking habits. Mondine proceeded…
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Bedford man to serve 18-month sentence for possessing ammunition in New Kent

By Robb Johnson | October 18, 2019 7:05 am

A Bedford man will spend the next 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of ammunition. Antoinne Lamont Wright, 31, of the 100 block of Colonial Lane, entered the plea as part of an agreement reached during Oct. 17 proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court. One charge of possession of a weapon by a violent felon was dropped as part of the deal. In a summary of evidence by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Sept. 4, 2018, Wright was a passenger in a vehicle driven by co-defendant Tyler Bell when an officer noticed an object thrown out the…
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Patriot’s Landing receives approval for golf carts to travel on roads

By Robb Johnson | October 15, 2019 11:26 pm

Following suit to Chickahominy Shores, a second subdivision in New Kent County will allow golf parts and other utility vehicles on VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) roads. Patriot’s Landing received unanimous approval to allow the alternative modes of transportation throughout the subdivision after New Kent Board of Supervisors approved the measure unanimously at Tuesday night’s regular board meeting. County leaders passed a similar resolution in August for Chickahominy Shores. Roads within the Patriot’s Landing subdivision that will allow travel for golf carts and utility vehicles are American Holly Lane, Bending Birch Lane, English Boxwood Lane, Flowering Magnolia Lane, Forsythia Court,…
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Charles City schools announce full accreditation

By Andre Jones | October 15, 2019 11:04 pm

Charles City Elementary and High Schools are fully accredited for the third consecutive year. Superintendent of schools David Gaston made the announcement during Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The school system also posted a 100 percent graduation rate and a zero percent drop-out rate. English and mathematic pass rates increased for both schools, as well as increases in several subject areas for many subgroups according to Charles City Director of Instruction and Curriculum Todd Perelli. After the presentation, at-large member Preston Adkins appreciated the data, but hopes that information is broken down at the state level. “I truly want to…
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Brothers from Dinwiddie convicted of $112,000 armed robbery in Charles City

By Andre Jones | October 11, 2019 9:14 pm

A pair of brothers involved in an armed robbery that resulted in more than $100,000 being stolen were convicted after a contested trial Friday in Charles City Circuit Court. Jeremy Brandon Martin, 34, and Stephen Hunter Martin, 30, both of the 8200 block of Vaughan Road, North Dinwiddie, were each convicted on seven charges during the proceedings. On Oct. 15, 2018, around 9 a.m., Betty Sweeney was operating her home-based business when two men entered into her dwelling. “I came downstairs and the next thing I knew I had a bath towel over my head,” she testified. “I thought somebody…
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New Kent candidates state platforms at first public forum

By Andre Jones | October 9, 2019 11:28 pm

As political season rolls around, candidates are beginning to make their bids for elected positions at the local level in New Kent County. Such was the case during Wednesday’s evening political forum at New Kent High School. Sponsored by New Kent High School’s AP (Advanced Placement) Government and Politics class, more than 200 people filled auditorium seats for the two-and-a-half hour forum that provided candidates an opportunity to speak to the public. Positions on New Kent’s Board of Supervisors were among the first to be discussed in the public setting. Leading the way is 13-year New Kent resident Kate West…
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